‘squaw winter’: meaning and origin

USA, 1837—a short period of wintry weather occurring in autumn in the northern United States and in Canada—coined after ‘Indian summer’, from the fact that, because a squaw winter often precedes an Indian summer, they were seen as constituting a couple

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European precursors of the American ‘Indian summer’

The name ‘Indian summer’ (late 18th century) reflected the fact that to the Europeans living in the New World, this was a newly-discovered local phenomenon. But similar phenomena were already known in the Old World by various names.

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